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Orland Twp. free podiatry screenings

Orland Township will offer free podiatry screenings on Wednesdays, Feb. 20 and April 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

A local podiatrist will be at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., conducting free examinations to all participating residents. An appointment if needed; call 403-4222.

Orland Twp. lipid testing

Orland Township will offer total lipid profile testing on Thursday, Feb. 21, Friday, March 1, and Thursday, March 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 14807 S. Ravinia Ave.

Residents may have total cholesterol levels read, as well as triglycerides, LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol). A 9 to 12 hour fast is required.

The cost is $25 with proof of residency. Non-residents may also participate for $30. Free blood pressure and glucose testing, for an additional $5, are also available. An appointment is necessary and participants must bring proof of residency on the day of testing.

Palos Hospital Diabetes Fair

Palos Community Hospital will host its annual Diabetes Fair for people with diabetes and their families from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at Palos Health & Fitness Center, 15430 West Ave., Orland Park.

The keynote speaker, Endocrinologist Jennifer Zander, M.D., will discuss the connection between diabetes and thyroid diseases. For many patients, when one autoimmune disease, such as diabetes, exists the risk for developing a second increases. Dr. Zander will discuss the connection between thyroid disorders and diabetes, the health implications associated with the conditions, and treatment options available.

Exhibitors will be on hand to discuss products available for diabetes management during the free event. Registration is required; call 226-2300.